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Published on February 20, 2014

Author: CureMDHealthcare



Can EHRs do everything?

Can EHRs do everything? © CureMD Healthcare

Debate over EHRs • The debate over whether Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are able to do everything for a practice or not is a long one • It has long been argued by EHR vendors that their systems are fully equipped to handle almost all the challenges a practice faces • on the other hand, physicians have been vocal about the fact that they continue to face problems even after implementing healthcare IT in their practices • The debate continues as the healthcare industry becomes more consumer-focused and aims toward a more coordinated healthcare delivery model

Dissatisfaction with EHRs • One of the reasons for physicians’ dissatisfaction with Electronic Health Record vendors is that some of the big players in the market are trying to dictate practice workflows • They have a product, they sell it to a practice, but want the practice to customize its workflows to meet system requirements and then enable themselves for incentive payments from the federal government • The ideal way to deal with this problem is to ensure vendors are able to understand unique practice workflows and design their product as per the requirements

Patient Engagement • Another important area to be highlighted in this discussion is patient engagement • Most of the EHR vendors speak out loud about how their products help practices increase patient engagement but in fact, they are doing little to address it properly • Patient engagement truly means to engage patients in a way that they learn about themselves, for instance, glucose levels, migraines history, pregnancy results and even moods

Interoperability • Interoperability has long been debated as the way through which the healthcare industry is going to move forward • Even today, healthcare information technology systems are still unable to connect to each other and share patient information • They are still unable to unify patient records from all physicians into one single space and then use that information to their benefit • The need of the hour is to develop a simple, user-friendly and unified system through which all of the patient information is shared not only between practices, hospital networks and providers, but also with regulatory authorities

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